For Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush, the inaugural Heroes Race will serve the mission of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Community Foundation.
“The goal of the Community Foundation is to connect with the community, to help those less fortunate and to support the men and women here in the sheriff’s office,” Quakenbush said. “It’s about building relationships in the community. It’s a great way for us to be able to do that. (Lt.) Jon Robison came up with the idea and he’s working on planning and setting this thing up for our first big event.
The October 30 Heroes’ Run will feature events for people of all ages and skill levels at Strawtown Koteewi Park, 11800 Koteewi Drive, Noblesville. Participants can register for a 1.6 km walk, a 5 km run / walk, a 10 km run or a virtual challenge. The first run starts at 9 a.m., with the 10k on the trail that runs along the White River.
Robison, a buying agent for the Sheriff’s Office, said he runs in many races.
“It seems like everyone is having a good time,” he said. “People run, people walk, bring their kids and bring dogs, but some (racing events) are pretty lame. You show up and run, and you’re done. I like the ones that have events with peripheral stuff like food trucks and vendors. There will be things for the kids like face painting.
Robison said some events can be a logistical nightmare when spread out.
“But Koteewi Park is fully contained so you won’t be running on the road,” Robison said. “We won’t have to close roads or keep traffic going or anything. It is such a beautiful park. The trails are quite wide and can accommodate strollers and dogs.
Robison said the race organizer planned to have music and food trucks.
“The race promoter said the first year was the hardest, and once we start it will be easier next year,” said Robison. “We have a cool medal design for people. The shirt is pretty cool. Hope people can start signing up.
Robison said he hopes running can be a traditional activity during the last weekend in October of each year.
“It will be a big event,” Quakenbush said. “It’s about making the community a hero. They were behind us. They supported our men and women here in the sheriff’s office. We live in a great community and we want to celebrate them and make them a special day. “
To register, visit runsignup.com/indianaheroesrun. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can call 317-776-1831.